Effingham Farmers Market
Every Saturday morning from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Downtown Effingham May through October. The Effingham Farmers Market, located on the on the Effingham County Courthouse Museum lawn, provides the Effingham community and area visitors with fresh, locally-grown food, art, live music and quality artisan goods. For more information on becoming a vendor, please email them at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Story & Craft
August 1st from 10-11am at the Ballard Nature Center. Listen to a story, Secrets of an Apple Tree, and then participate in related activities and a craft. We’ll also walk a short trail. To register, call 618-483-6556.
Teen and Tween Advisory Board Informational Meeting
August 2nd at 4pm at the Effingham library for students entering grades 6-12. Interested in joining the Public Library Teen and Tween Advisory Boards for the coming school year? An Advisory Board at the library is like Student Council at your school. Join us for an informational meeting to learn more. Visit www.effinghamlibrary.org or call 217-342-2464.
Flag Football Skills and Drills
August 2nd & 10th from 6-7pm at Hendelmeyer Park front ball diamond for all 1st year flag football players. Players are invited to meet coaches and participate in running, passing and catching drills. No sign up is required and the event is FREE! Event will be held in rec center gym if raining. For more information, visit www.effinghamparkdistrict.org or call 217-342-4415.
FACE Trivia Night at the Movies
August 3rd at 7pm at the Tuscan Hills Winery. All proceeds to benefit FACE Scholarships for the arts. The night will include awards for the best dressed team, best table decoration, highest scoring team plus fun games and prizes. Tickets: $12/person or $80/table of 8. For reservations, email Sara.Brinker.FACE@gamil.com, Lesliejenkins@gmail.com or call 217-240-4487.
Farmer’s Market Story Time
August 4th at 10am at the courthouse lawn. Stop by for stories and songs. The Book Bike will also be there. Visit www.effinghamlibrary.org or call 217-342-2464.
Open House at Teutopolis Monastery Museum
August 5th & September 2nd from 12:30 PM – 4:00 PM. The museum is a prism into the history of the settlers of the Teutopolis region and the Franciscans who ministered to them. For more information, visit www.visiteffinghamil.com or call 217-342-5310.
Lego Club Jr.
August 10th & 31st at 10am at the Effingham library for ages 2-5. Children must attend with an adult. Come play with all the library’s Duplos! Visit www.effinghamlibrary.org or call 217-342-2464.
Glam Your Locker!
August 10th at 2pm at the Effingham library for ages 13-18. Get ready for the start of the school year with these make and take decorations! With some crafting supplies and some creativity, we will design awesome decorations for your school locker. Projects will include a pen holder, picture frame, dry erase board and even a chandelier! Registration Required. To register, visit www.effinghamlibrary.org or call 217-342-2464.
St. Anthony Bulldog Challenge
August 11th at St. Anthony High School. St. Anthony Bulldog Challenge is a 5K, 10K, & 2 mile run/walk in conjunction with the St. Anthony picnic. The event benefits the St. Anthony athletic program and kicks off the church picnic weekend. Event begins at 8:00 a.m. using the Bulldog Challenge route. For more information, visit www.visiteffinghamil.com or call 217-342-5310.
St. Anthony Church Picnic
Save the date! August 11th-12th at St. Anthony High School will be the church picnic. More details to come. For more information, visit www.visiteffinghamil.com or call 217-342-5310.
Doors Open Illinois Commemorating the Bicentennial
August 11th from 9am-4pm & August 12th from 11am-2pm at the Effingham Courthouse Museum. Several 19th century Effingham residents had contact with Abraham Lincoln and often talked about their relationship. This program explores those stories which have been passed down from generation to generation. For more information, visit www.visiteffinghamil.com or call 217-342-5310.
Live Music at America’s Groove Record Store
August 11th from 6:30-9:30pm at America’s Groove Record Store. Loverboard, Magick Stallion, finally Jess Nolan will all be playing. There will be a small door fee of $5. Visit www.visiteffinghamil.com or call 217-342-5310.
Movie Make and Take – Peter Rabbit (PG, 95 minutes)
August 13th at 2 p.m. at the Effingham library for all ages. Join us for a rabbit craft and stay for a showing of Peter Rabbit. Movie will begin at 2:30 p.m. Visit www.effinghamlibrary.org or call 217-342-2464.
DIY Wigglebot Robots
August 14th at 2pm at the Effingham library for ages 10-15. Create your own battery-operated robot! We will be taking some everyday items, then adding a small motor and batteries to create a simple Wigglebot robot. Great for beginners! Registration Required. To register, visit www.effinghamlibrary.org or call 217-342-2464.
Ham City Jam
August 18th at the Effingham Skate Park beginning at 11am. Free skate will be from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. The competition starts at 1 p.m. and has a $10 entry fee. There will be a $300 first place prize along with awards for best intermediate, advanced and trick. There will be live music, food and fun for all ages! For more information, visit www.visiteffinghamil.com or call 217-342-5310.
August 18th from 2-3:30pm at the Ballard Nature Center. Learn about butterflies and their habitat requirements. Learn how to attract them to your yard. We’ll take a walk in the prairie to see what species we can find. To register, call 618-483-6556.
Flag Football League
August 20th at the Evergreen Softball diamonds for boys and girls in 2nd-6th grades. Fourth graders will have the choice of playing in “B” League or “A” League. Please register by August 1st. $10 Late Fee after August 1st if there is room in the league. Fee: $30.00 In District (must reside in city & pay park district taxes), $62 Out of District. To register, visit www.effinghamparkdistrict.org or call 217-342-4415.
Totally Untidy Tots
August 24th at 10am at the Effingham library for ages 2-5 with an adult. Join us for messy, mushy, squishy sensory play! Please wear old clothes you don’t mind getting messy. Visit www.effinghamlibrary.org or call 217-342-2464.
BBQ Pork Lunch
August 26th from 11am-3pm. Come out for a BBQ Pork lunch at Shumway “Inner” National Airport. For more information, visit www.visiteffinghamil.com or call 217-342-5310.
History of Illinois with Stan Banash
August 29th at 7pm at the Effingham Courthouse Museum. Come and enjoy Stan Banash’s entertaining and revealing tour of Illinois’ historical places. Banash is the author of Roadside History of Illinois. To register, visit www.effinghamlibrary.org or call 217-342-2464.
August 31st from 6:30-7:30pm at the Ballard Nature Center. Listen to a story, play a game, hike the trail, and make a treat. To register, call 618-483-6556.
Summer Sundown Music Festival
September 1st at 2pm- September 2nd at 11:30pm at Larson’s Landing. We are thrilled to announce the inaugural Summer Sundown Music Festival official lineup! Early-bird weekend passes are on sale NOW for $35 for a limited time only! To purchase tickets, or for more info, visit SummerSundownFest.com.
Summer Sundown is a celebration of our Central/Southern Illinois music scene, with two days of music from bands hailing from Champaign to Carbondale and everywhere in between…along with two AMAZING headliners from Memphis and Nashville.
Summer Sundown would like to welcome:
Southern Avenue – Memphis, TN
Steve Poltz – Nashville, TN
Matt Poss Band – Effingham, IL
Jenny Johnson Band – Carbondale, IL
Bones Jugs – Urbana, IL
John Spicer and The Fightin’ Side – Patoka, IL
The Surviving Members – Effingham, IL
Fiona Kimble – Champaign, IL
Bill Poss and the Useful Tools – Effingham, IL
Local Honey – Effingham, IL
Todd Hazelrigg Music – Charleston, IL
Mountain King – Cisne, IL
Tim Crosby & the Lightning Strikes – Carbondale, IL
Taylor Steele & The Love Preachers – Efffingham, IL
Bathtub Hooch Band – Effingham, IL
The Greyhounds – Effingham, IL
Elastic Waist Band – Greenville, IL
…and more to come!
The festival will be held at Larson’s Landing on Lake Sara, (7) miles west of Effingham, Illinois, on September 1-2, 2018. In addition to all these fantastic bands, we will also feature songwriter circles, a youth showcase, campfire jams, local food and craft vendors, swimming, yoga sessions, and camping.
For all the info you’ll need, follow us at:Instagram.com/summersundownfest
If you’d be so kind to share this event with a music-loving friend of yours, we’d very much appreciate it…and we will #SeeYouAtSundown!
SSMF is a Poss Music Works production. PMW is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation.
Special Needs FALL Kickball: Jr. League
September 6th at the Gene Niccum diamond at Community Park for special needs individuals in grades K-High School. Kids from Effingham and the surrounding areas can use their abilities to play a fun game of kickball at no cost! Children can run, walk or roll in a wheelchair around the bases with a special helper if needed. A total of 4 games will be played on Tuesday Evenings in September. For questions or more information, please contact the Park District office at 217-342-4415.
Hobnob Harvest Market
September 7th-8th. Hobnob Harvest Market will take place at the Effingham County Fairgrounds in Altamont, IL. For more information, visit www.visiteffinghamil.com or call 217-342-5310.
Effingham Cruise Night
September 7th from 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM in downtown Effingham. An evening bringing back part of the old Effingham Cruise Route with 2-way traffic down Jefferson Avenue. Come downtown to enjoy classic cars and so much more! There will be great food, including Hi-Boy hamburgers on the Courthouse lawn, live music and wine/beer garden at Village Wine & Gifts. You can enjoy a cook-out with the Effingham Police Department at the corner of Front & Jefferson Ave. Be sure to be downtown extra early for the parade that starts at 5 p.m. from Autozone to the Downtown area. For more information, visit www.visiteffinghamil.com or call 217-342-5310.
3-D Bow Shoot
September 8th-9th from 8am-3:30pm at the Ballard Nature Center. Lots of targets along the trails. Fee: $20, includes a meal. To register, call 618-483-6556.
Superhero Race Challenge
September 15th at the Workman Sports Complex. This year’s Superhero Race Challenge will include a 5K walk/run, a 10K run, a kids fun run and ChipperChallenge to promote HSHS Rehabilitation Services and Workman Sports Complex. All proceeds will go to the HSHS St. Anthony’s Foundation to benefit the HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital Rehabilitation programs. The races will begin at 8 a.m. For more information, visit www.visiteffinghamil.com or call 217-342-5310.
Downtown Sculpture Walk
September 15th at 9 a.m. Go on a Guided Tour of all the new artwork in downtown Effingham. Meet at library west entrance. Registration required, begins Aug 20. To register, visit www.effinghamlibrary.org or call 217-342-2464.